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Why Late Night Snacks are OK

We’ve all been there – we are watching 11 o’clock news, SNL, The Tonight Show, or your favorite late night series, and your attention turns to the refrigerator for a snack. Eating after 8pm is not a no-no and will not cause you to break your diet. Why?

  1. Some sleep better with a snack after dinner
  2. When combining a (healthy!) late night snack with reduced calorie intake throughout the day, it prevents binge eating and the overpowering hunger throughout the night and early morning hours.
  3. It gets your body ready for the morning, especially if you workout in the AM.
  4. It keeps your metabolism rate high. Losing weight doesn’t happen by not eating. Losing weight happens by eating small, healthy meals frequently and at regular intervals throughout the day and night.
  5. Your body needs vitamins as energy sources when you are sleeping.

Here is a short list of healthy late night snacks that have a high nutritional value, will fill you up, but are low in calories and unwanted fats. Stay on track if your New Years Resolution was "lose weight", but don't cut all the fun out of late nights!

Blueberries

A cup of the fruit is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and more than 4 grams of fiber. For a richer snack, top them with (a little) whipped cream.

Multigrain pretzels

Whether in stick or twist form, pretzels are a surprisingly good alternative to chips. One ounce—about a handful—boasts just over 100 calories. To add some metabolism-revving protein, dunk 'em in yogurt.

Popcorn

Limit yourself to the 100 calorie packs. Skip the butter to save on calories. Instead, raid your spice cabinet: Use lime powder for tang, cayenne pepper for heat, or a dash of cinnamon for sweetness.

Greek yogurt

It's high protein, low in sugar, and can really fill you up.

Dark chocolate

The darker the better. Chocolate made with at least 70% cacao contains less sugar and more antioxidants than its milky cousin.

Information obtained from:

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/10-healthy-late-night-snacks/slide/10

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/late-night-snacking-4-reasons-its-ok.html

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